NUC Directs All Universities to Reopen on 18th of January 2021

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The National Universities Commission (NUC) has directed all universities to re-open on the 18th of January 2021 consistent with the directive of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) team on COVID-19.

The memo number NUC/ES/138/VOL.63/153 dated 06 January 2021 and signed by Chris J. Maiyaki, Deputy Executive Secretary (Administration) for Executive Secretary of NUC Prof Abubakar Rasheed Mni is addressed to All Vice-Chancellors Nigerian Universities.

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The document titled “RE: SECOND WAVE OF COVID-19: STAY-AT-HOME DIRECTIVE TO GL 12 OFFICERS AND BELOW” reads;

“I write at the behest of the Executive Secretary to refer to our letter Ref. NUC/ES/138/Vol.63/151 and date 23 December 2020, on the above subject.

“Sequel to various inquiries on the full import of the said Circular, I am to confirm and clarify that, while Officers on Grade Level 12 and below remain at home for a period of five weeks, as earlier directed by the Federal Government, schools, including universities, are to re-open on the 18th of January 2021.

“Consistent with the directive of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) team on COVID-19. Any further developments will be communicated to Universities, accordingly.”

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The NUC, however, reminded universities to safeguard lives by strictly adhering to the extant safety protocols and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines, which have been communicated severally to the Nigerian University System via NUC’s circulars.

The NUC further warns universities not to violate the full cycle of the semester system, consistent with the Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS) approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC), as well as other extant quality assurance standards and guidelines.


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